Astralis beat Complexity to secure playoffs; Virtus.pro eliminate Spirit from DH Masters

The Danish team started off on the right foot with their new roster, while an early exit leaves Spirit disappointed.

As the group stage of DreamHack Masters Spring 2021 rolls on, we have witnessed Virtus.pro eliminating Spirit from group A (16-11, 16-11), and Astralis overcoming Complexity to secure playoffs (16-10, 22-19).

With Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz's blockbuster move to NIP happening shortly ahead of the tournament, the spotlight was on Astralis in the group stage. So far, the Danes have passed their tests, overcoming Extra Salt and Complexity to secure at least a top-6 finish at the $250,000 tournament.

Meanwhile, Spirit's loss to regional rivals Virtus.pro sees the tournament ending early for Leonid "⁠chopper⁠" Vishnyakov and co. The team that peaked at No.6 in the world earlier this year will hope to do better at their upcoming challenges - the CIS RMR tournament in May and IEM Summer in June.

dupreeh had a strong performance against Complexity

Astralis' bout against Complexity started on Vertigo, where an inspired Lucas "⁠Bubzkji⁠" Andersen — who picked up the AWP on the defense — made the difference for his team. A 9-6 CT-side lead was converted into a comfortable 16-10 victory, with a couple of highlight rounds from Valentin "⁠poizon⁠" Vasilev standing out for his team in the loss.

On Inferno, Complexity's defense struggled to deal with the fast pace Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander threw at them, seeing the Danes pick up a 10-5 lead. A big comeback followed for the European mixture, leading the game go into overtime, where Astralis pulled it over the line.

"What motivated us the most was to prove people wrong, to prove that we can also play well without device", Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen said in a post match interview. He also compared taking on the main AWP role now and back in 2017-2018, following device's sick leave:

"The one thing that changed the most in terms of me picking up the AWP now is that device isn't here anymore. People can't sit and say 'Why is dupreeh on the AWP when device is obviously a better AWPer than him?'. There isn't a better option within the team right now. That also takes a lot of pressure away from me," the 28-year-old explained.

Virtus.pro's victory over Spirit was based on two stellar CT sides and another strong showing from their Latvian star Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis. On Train, they gained a huge lead in the middle part of the match and denied a comeback attempt with a force buy B play. Inferno looked shaky in the first half, but a stellar defense (10-1), earned Virtus.pro the victory and a lower-bracket final game against the winner of G2 - mousesports.

Matchpage
2
0
30th April 2021
16
Vertigo
10
22
Inferno
19
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
58 - 41 +17 86.0 1.38
54 - 36 +18 75.1 1.27
47 - 39 +8 80.4 1.20
46 - 39 +7 74.2 1.15
41 - 40 +1 69.4 1.14
 Complexity K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
46 - 47 -1 74.8 1.00
45 - 51 -6 68.5 0.92
35 - 43 -8 66.8 0.91
41 - 54 -13 68.1 0.81
28 - 52 -24 61.2 0.75
Matchpage
0
2
30th April 2021
11
Train
16
11
Inferno
16
 Spirit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
43 - 34 +9 74.3 1.16
38 - 34 +4 85.4 1.15
39 - 35 +4 65.2 1.01
32 - 39 -7 66.0 0.95
28 - 36 -8 68.4 0.90
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
51 - 45 +6 99.2 1.29
35 - 29 +6 71.0 1.07
39 - 34 +5 73.9 0.99
32 - 37 -5 62.2 0.96
21 - 37 -16 51.8 0.69
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
901
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1787
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1664
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
751
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1489
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
914
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
Bulgaria Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev
Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
980
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
nice
2021-04-30 20:04
1 reply
ez 4 godbubzkji
2021-04-30 20:25
YOOOOOO I'm finally 2nd :')
2021-04-30 20:05
1 reply
#35
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Turkey ZaTaa
Congrats!!! Next time mate
2021-04-30 20:44
dupreeh 23 - poizon 17 AWP kills
2021-04-30 20:05
6 replies
#6
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Reunion Esquinox
+1
2021-04-30 20:06
+1
2021-04-30 20:25
dupreeh best astralis player & always has been imo
2021-04-30 20:42
1 reply
+1 , looking forward to more consistency
2021-04-30 21:17
Dupreeh inovates the meta by introducing awp-lurkers.
2021-04-30 21:50
1 reply
Holy shit, right? I was watching the tail end of one of the games and was like, "is... he lurking with a fucking AWP?"
2021-05-01 01:03
4th
2021-04-30 20:05
dev0ce problem????
2021-04-30 20:05
3 replies
Device was willing to leave for a long time, they knowing this must drop their motivation a lot. Now that he i gone, they don't need to be worried about him, and can be motivated again.
2021-04-30 21:43
#58
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Portugal jsousa941
its more like ast other players werent on form only device and dupreeh were playing good, todays game basicly almost every player were playing good and for the fact that bubs was playing really good , so device was clearly the problem...
2021-05-01 04:30
1 reply
yeah I think the other replies got it right. They finally has something to prove again. Having the mentality is just as important as having the skills and experience
2021-05-01 18:11
#7
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Brazil Bertanzin
Buzkji >>>> device
2021-04-30 20:07
BOOBA
2021-04-30 20:09
Bubzkji PogChamp
2021-04-30 20:10
BUBBER CARRY POGGERS
2021-04-30 20:10
Bubzkij > Dev1ce
2021-04-30 20:11
expected
2021-04-30 20:11
#13
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Bubzkji too stronk! Great to see Astralis performing well. Wasn't expecting them to be this good tbh but they are doing a great job so far. Xyp hitting his shots again, Bubzkji having great impact and Dupreeh handling awp pretty well. Let's see for how long this continues! Unluko Spirit. Seems like Mir had a bad game.
2021-04-30 20:12
Another lucky meta win
2021-04-30 20:12
#15
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United States Vespurr
Winning despite being 5 steps behind in practice?
2021-04-30 20:13
7 replies
Still way ahead of col except for the baiting department
2021-04-30 20:15
5 replies
#19
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United States Vespurr
blameF literally wait for teammate to get shot at before returning fire
2021-04-30 20:16
4 replies
Literally this and people still defend him saying he is lurker LMAO, i guess they just don't watch the games
2021-04-30 21:45
3 replies
#49
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United States Vespurr
Literally RUSH dies every time so blameF can get kills
2021-04-30 22:02
2 replies
Not just Rush basically anyone who's alive with him
2021-05-01 12:53
1 reply
#64
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United States Vespurr
I saw like one clip of inferno long, blame is just baiting k0nfig so hard, he was basically waiting for someone to kill k0nfig so he can shoot whoever back
2021-05-01 14:01
i think they where just lucky again))
2021-04-30 20:19
AsTraliS WaShed uP
2021-04-30 20:15
#18
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Bubzkji and Astralis look really good at the moment. :) YEKINDAR still having that monstrous impact on VP when it's needed.
2021-04-30 20:15
GOATpreeh can do it all!
2021-04-30 20:18
finally my son bubzkji can actually play
2021-04-30 20:19
No device No problem, Imagine if they go and win majors like they did too kjerbot
2021-04-30 20:23
1 reply
Tem dev would say "lucky" again
2021-04-30 20:57
#29
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Lithuania disesion
Bubzki: look at me, I am device now
2021-04-30 20:28
#30
SPUNJ | 
Albania F4lKs
inb4 -device move makes Astralis become even stronger
2021-04-30 20:30
#31
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Brazil Karlogaria
RUSH is one of the problems. Terrible
2021-04-30 20:39
dupreeh>dev3ce
2021-04-30 20:39
#34
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Sweden axelious
Couldn't watch the game. How did Astralis play? Dupreeh Always on the Awp or did they switch it up?
2021-04-30 20:42
5 replies
They switched it they played good Today
2021-04-30 20:59
4 replies
#53
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Sweden axelious
Who else used it?
2021-04-30 23:10
3 replies
magisk used it on the t side of vertigo and 1 time on the ct side, bubzkji used it on the ct too, besides that dupreeh main awped on inferno.
2021-05-01 04:10
1 reply
#62
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Sweden axelious
Thanks man! Interesting!
2021-05-01 08:09
Bubzkji and magisk
2021-05-02 09:07
#36
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Brazil v0m1t
ez 4 jame god
2021-04-30 20:45
Device was the problem!
2021-04-30 21:02
finally toxic device was kicked and astralis can be good again
2021-04-30 21:04
#42
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Ukraine McSwell
devve was the problem :(
2021-04-30 21:23
VACKINDAR mvp as usual also GOATJI always step up when needed
2021-04-30 21:45
Yeah keep pretending Rush isn't the problem omegalulz
2021-04-30 22:01
GG Astralis
2021-04-30 22:11
device was the problem xaxaxaxa (kidding guys hahahha) .. but this new astralis looks really good, and Bubzkji is looking better each game.
2021-04-30 22:49
really impressive performance from Astralis considering the circumstances. They played really aggressive on both sides which has been lacking in the last few month.
2021-04-30 23:11
Astralis looking promising 👍 I like this lineup with Bubzkji
2021-05-01 04:05
So many comments now saying "Device was the problem". Oversimplified and untrue. He did not have the whole team playing for him, nor did he ever carry the team. They were a unit, but all of them had dominant displays at times. Astralis had a slump in form and needed rethinking, with or without Device. One week ago people were calling for Xyp, Glaive or Magisk to be kicked, so many short memories here. Also, don´t think current roster is the long term solution. They will be a Top 10 Team, but will suffer some more hard defeats. I think Heroic will be favorites when the meet soon.
2021-05-01 04:57
2 replies
you do realize 100% of the times they said "device was the problem" are jokes?
2021-05-01 05:07
Xyp still deserves to be kicked, this win doesn't change anything.
2021-05-01 05:09
#65
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United States AMERlCAN
Uzbek carried nice
2021-05-01 14:35
#67
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Denmark Henry1887
Device problem. Go astralis #Teamwork
2021-05-02 01:06
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